Being a Libra apparently also meant I have a nice ass.

My whole life has been a lie.

I was stunned to read last week that I was not, in fact, a Libra, as I had been led to believe for all 44 years I’ve been alive.

An instructor with the Minnesota Planetarium Society told the Minneapolis Star Tribune last week that the Moon’s gravitational pull had changed the Earth’s orbit over the centuries; that change means that the timing of the alignment with the constellations that make up the signs of the Zodiac isn’t the same as it was when astrology began.

So the time periods covered by each sign are now different; the “new” Zodiacial calendar also includes a 13th sign — Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer — covering Nov. 30 through Dec. 30.

(Interestingly, that’s Mrs. Crappy’s new sign. When I told her over the weekend that she was no longer a Sagittarius, she said, “That’s bullshit.” I’m waiting to see if she starts carrying snakes around.)

The upshot? Parke Kunkle says I’m not a Libra. Instead, I’m a Virgo.

Here are a few commonly accepted traits of Libras, both positive and negative:

The good: Diplomatic and urbane. Romantic and charming. Easygoing and sociable. Idealistic and peaceable.

The bad: Indecisive and changeable. Gullible and easily influenced. Flirtatious and self-indulgent.

The same site, on Virgos:

The good: Modest and shy. Meticulous and reliable. Practical and diligent. Intelligent and analytical.

The bad: Fussy and a worrier. Overcritical and harsh. Perfectionist and conservative.

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions — feel free to leave them in the comments — and in the meantime, I’m going to start working on becoming meticulous, fussy and diligent. Heh.


  1. Me too, in a snap I am now a Cancer from being a Leo. But I can’t imagine being a cancer, because, for 26 years I have proven that my personality is same with Leo.


  2. I married a Virgo so I’m kind of a fan. At least I think he’s still a Virgo.

    You’ll never convince this Aquarius she’s a Capricorn. That’s just crazy talk.


  3. We were wondering about Little C’s sign at Christmas… Lili and NE are Leo’s. Little C *was* a Taurus. Now that her sign has changed, to Aries, since she was born after the “change” I think it’s more appropriate. Adventurous and energetic, Pioneering and courageous, Enthusiastic and confident, Dynamic and quick-witted…


  4. First: You are a total Libra. And I like that about you!

    Second: so, am I still an Aquarius? Because that’s the best sign.

    Third: they added another zodiac sign? That’s what Michael would be. If I bought into stuff like randomly assigning new astrological signs! :)


  5. Mine changed from Virgo to Leo. I don’t know much about astrology, but I recently saw a t-shirt with Virgo on it and it said “Quiet, Stable, Reserved, Conservative” so maybe the change is correct. Are Leos Loud, Unstable & Liberal? If so, I’m in.


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